|All Tangled Up -- Groks Science Show 2014-12-03 - Samantha Thomas|
Particle entanglement is one of quantum mechanics’ strangest predictions. In fact, physicists have been trying to disprove it ever since they predicted it about 80 years ago. Here to untangle the issue for us is Dr. Jason Gallicchio, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He’ll help us understand exactly what it means for particles to be entangled and how he proposes to use quasars to test one of the only remaining alternative explanations for this counterintuitive phenomenon that...
Keywords: quantum mechanics; entanglement; groks; quasars
|The Imitation Game -- Groks Science Show 2014-11-19 - Samantha Thomas|
Alan Turing was one of the most influential mathematicians in the development of computer science and artificial intelligence. On the show today we’re talking with Dr. Barry Cooper Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Leeds, and co-editor of the recently released book Alan Turing: His Work and Impact. He’ll talk about how Turing’s original work developed into modern computer science and how he contributed to the code-breaking efforts that helped shorten World War II...
Keywords: Alan Turing; computers; mathematics; artificial intelligence; World War II; Barry Cooper
|Satirical Nation -- Groks Science Show 2014-11-26 - Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling|
Satirical commentary on public events is nothing new, but now may be a greater force in shaping modern discourse. On this episode, Sophia McClennen discussed how satire is saving the nation.
Keywords: satire; groks
|Mars Rover Curiosity -- Groks Science Show 2014-11-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Curiosity is the name of the Mars rover that has recently begun exploring the red planet for signs of past habitability. On this episode, Rob Manning, chief NASA engineer on the project, discusses the challenges of constructing the rover.
Keywords: science; mars; rover; curiosity; groks
|Communicating Uncertainty -- Groks Science Show 2014-11-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Science is based on accepting uncertainties. In contrast, business and politics tend to aver the unknown. On this program, Baruch Fischoff discusses how scientists can improve communicating risks and uncertainties.
Keywords: risk; science communication; uncertainty; climate change; sex education
|Age of Opportunity -- Groks Science Show 2014-10-29 - Samantha Thomas|
While a select few remember their adolescent years fondly, most of us want to pretend they never happened. But whether we like it or not, adolescence was the time when our brains were at the peak of their malleability and the time when we made some of our strongest memories. Today, Temple University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg joins us to discuss the neuroscience of adolescence and how the brain changes during this formative time...
Keywords: Adolescence; psychology; neuroscience; memory; Laurence Steinberg
|The Nose Knows -- Groks Science Show 2014-10-15 - Chenan Zhang|
David Kern discusses how the loss of one’s ability to smell can predict impending death. It may seem like an uncanny connection, but as it turns out, not completely surprising. We also talk about other ways that olfaction plays a role in our lives – our love lives that is, and how men and women may approach smell differently.
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; David Kern; Olfaction; Smell
|Arrival of the Fittest -- Groks Science Show 2014-10-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of evolution explains how the fittest traits survive in a species, but not how those traits arise in the first place. On this episode, Andreas Wagner discussed the arrival of the fittest.
Keywords: science; evolution; biology; groks
|Mantle Plumes -- Groks Science Show 10-08-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
According to plate tectonics, volcanoes arise where two plates meet. However, volcano chains like those that form the Hawaii islands occur in the middle of the plates. On this program, Gillian Foulger discusses current theories in intra-plate volcano sites.
Keywords: geophysics; volcanoes; Hawaii; mantle; plumes
|Ebola: Science and Politics -- Groks Science Show 2014-09-17 - Samantha Thomas|
The Ebola virus has been making headlines since early 2014 with news of vaccines, treatments, and failing efforts to control the spread of the virus in West Africa. Here today to discuss the science and politics of the Ebola virus is Dr. Brenda Wilson, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. We’ll talk about the biology of the Ebola virus, the three newest treatments for those infected, and predictions about the outbreak’s future.
Keywords: Ebola; Ebola virus; Brenda Wilson; microbiology; Ebola outbreak; Africa
|Trauma Healing -- Groks Science Show 2014-09-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Mental trauma is a growing issue in society, yet current treatments may not be addressing the issue. On this program, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discussed new methods for healing mental trauma.
Keywords: trauma; neuroscience; psychology; psychiatry; groks
|String Theory -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Physicists are constantly searching for 'elegant' theories that describe the universe. One such theory, string theory, has the potential to unify the disparate theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. We discussed this theory with Prof. Brian Greene of Columbia University.
Keywords: Science; physics; string theory
Downloads: 14,609 (2 reviews)
|The Human Animal Bond -- Groks Science Show 2014-08-06|
We do a lot for our pets and often even treat them like family members. But it turns out, they’re paying us back by improving our health. Dr. Alan Beck, Director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University joins us to talk about his work studying the effect that animals have on the physical and psychological well-being of the people they spend time with. We’ll talk about what benefits the average person can expect to get from their pets but we’ll also learn which animals a...
Keywords: animals; health; Alan Beck; veterinary; Alzheimers
|The Eruption that Changed the World -- Groks Science Show 2014-10-01 - Samantha Thomas|
If you think Mount Pinatubo or Krakatoa was the largest recorded volcanic eruption, then you’re missing an important event in global history. Almost 200 years ago in 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora precipitated three years of dramatic global events that are only now being traced to the eruption. Dr. Gillen D’Arcy Wood joins us today to discuss the famines, epidemics, and extreme weather that characterized the early 19th century and how it all started with the periodic rumblings of a litt...
Keywords: Gillen Wood; Tambora; volcano; climate
|The Great Failure of Wikipedia - Jason Scott|
"The Great Failure of Wikipedia": Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, April 8, 2006. Covers the universally-editable encyclopedia-like site Wikipedia, architectural and procedural choices by co-founder Jimbo Wales and the often-unintended consequences of these choices and philosophy. Includes short overviews of the Brian Peppers Debacle, the Ashida Kim Controversy, and the fallacy of "Notability" and "Neutral Point of View" as implemented in Wikipedia as it ...
Keywords: Wikipedia; Jason Scott; Notacon
Downloads: 9,261 (10 reviews)
|Saving Normal -- Groks Science Show 2014-08-27|
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has far reaching influence beyond that of psychiatric diagnosis. Excessive diagnosis of psychiatric disorders due to changes in the DSM may be causing more harm than good. On this episode, Dr. Allen Frances discussed saving normal.
Keywords: psychiatry; diagnosis; groks; science
|A Beautiful Mind -- Groks Science Show 2002-05-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The life and times of mathematician John F. Nash Jr. have garnered a great deal of attention since the release of the popular movie, A Beautiful Mind, chronicled events in his life. This show featured an interview with Sylvia Nassar, the author of Nash's biography, who discussed Nash's struggles with math, schizophrenia, and the Nobel Prize.
Downloads: 6,976 (3 reviews)
|The End of Absence -- Groks Science Show 2014-09-03 - Samantha Thomas|
Advances in technology have changed the way we work, the way we socialize, and the way we learn. But not everybody knows that. In his book the End of Absence, author Michael Harris reminds us that people born after 1985 will not have experienced adulthood without the internet, and children today will never know what life was like before facebook, twitter, and iPhones. In this episode, Michael Harris discusses the impact of the ‘end of absence’ and what constant connectedness means for the we...
Keywords: technology; social media; Michael Harris
|Once More With Feelin' -- Groks Science Show 2014-08-20 - Tom Stewart|
This episode we speak with neuroscientist Dr. Sliman Bensmaia. He tells us about his research on touch -- how our hands feel, how our brains process this information, and how this research is being used to design better prostheses.
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Sliman Bensmaia; Brain; Prosthetics
|Nano nano -- Groks Science Show 09-10-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Bulk carbon comes in many different forms from pencil lead to diamonds. At the nanoscopic level, the properties become even more exotic. On this program, Hari Manoharan talks about what happens when nanostructures of carbon are combined.
Keywords: buckyballs; carbon; graphene; diamonds; nanotechnology; diodes; LED
|Professor Lawrence "RW" Lessig's "The Withering of the Net" - Carl Malamud|
On June 16, 2006, Professor Lawrence Lessig gave a talk at the Center for American Progress entitled "The Withering of the Net: How DC Pathologies are Undermining the Growth and Wealth of the Net." This talk was the second in a series of three. The first talk was Professor Yochai Benkler, the third featured Dave Farber and Vint Cerf. In just under 40 minutes, Lessig delivered a stunning performance, documenting his assertion that the Internet was created by Republicans and discussing the Read On...
Keywords: Hack Number 9; net neutrality; Republicans; Internet; Lessig
Downloads: 6,505 (2 reviews)
|Musical Brain -- Groks Science Show 2007-12-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Music has powerful emotive and expressive qualities that transcend its description as a purely physical phenomenon. This is of course due to how the brain processes musical information. On this program, Prof. Daniel Levitin discussed the musical brain.
Keywords: science; music; neurobiology
Downloads: 6,972 (1 review)
|Crowded Planet -- Groks Science Show 2014-07-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Overpopulation affects not only humans but also wildlife. On this episode, Stephanie Feldstein discussed the crowded planet.
Keywords: science; overpopulation; wildlife; groks
|Improving Your Health with Cats and Dogs -- Groks Science Show 2014-07-16 - Chenan Zhang|
Cats and dogs: companions, protectors, health-improvers? We love our furry friends, but recent studies show that cats and dogs may benefit us in ways that go beyond companionship. Groks hosts Samantha Thomas, Chenan Zhang and guest-host Courtney Kagan discuss research findings that show how these animals can boost our health and well-being.
Keywords: Pets; Cats; Dogs; Health; Immune system
|Now And Then, Here and There: Editing - Jason Scott|
Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 5 in Cleveland, OH. Now and Then, Here and There: Editing. Starting from the story of hitting a coyote, Jason Scott describes the nature of editing, our growing roles as editors of our own lives and content, and the future directions editing can take. Hints about the process are given, as well as a number of anecdotes related to Jason's own projects.
Keywords: editing; documentary; Jason Scott; Notacon
Downloads: 2,657 (2 reviews)
|Bitcoins -- Groks Science Show 08-13-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Can a digitally encrypted currency uproot the world's financial institutions. On this program, Jimmy Homma talks about bit coins, its mysterious and tumultuous history, and what it means for us.
Keywords: bitcoins; cryptocurrency; NSA; Satoshi Nakamoto; credit cards; TCP/IP
|The Beauty Premium -- Groks Science Show 2014-12-17 - Chenan Zhang|
It might not come as a big surprise that those among us who are gifted with physical attractiveness also benefit in many other ways, from being perceived as more capable, more likeable, and trustworthy, to ultimately earning a higher average income--this effect has been dubbed the “beauty premium”. What’s interesting however, is figuring out what exactly drives this effect: could family background, personality, choice of occupation, or grooming habits account for this phenomenon? Today’s...
Keywords: Jaclyn Wong; beauty; groks; Groks; Beauty work; Physical attractiveness; Beauty premium; Income inequality; Grooming
|Space Robots -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-06 - Joanna Rowell|
Over the past 40 years, we’ve learned a great deal about the surface of Mars, the moons of Saturn, and the origins of our universe. On today’s show, Chris Impey, an astronomer from the University of Arizona and coauthor of Dreams of Other Worlds, joins us to discuss how unmanned space exploration has shaped our understanding of distant worlds.
Keywords: space; robots; groks; science; astronomy; NASA; Chris Impey; Holly Henry; Voyager; Mars; Hubble
|Health Care Data -- Groks Science Show 2014-07-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Health care data is increasingly vulnerable to hackers. On this episode, Paul Oster discussed protecting health care data.
Keywords: science; health; data; groks
|Console Wars -- Groks Science Show 2014-06-04 - Chenan Zhang|
Video games are a huge part of the lives of countless kids and adults alike. In his book Console Wars, Blake Harris brings to life the behind-the-scenes story that most of us are not aware of—the epic battle waged in the early 1990s between Nintendo and Sega, which paved the way for the video game industry as we know it today.
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Video games; Sega; Nintendo; Blake Harris; Tom Kalinske
|Ice, Ice -- Groks Science Show 2014-07-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Water is fundamental to all life but little is actually known about its inter-molecular dynamics and structures. On this program, Anders Nilsson talks about the frontiers of water science.
Keywords: chemical physics; hydrogen bonding; ice; lasers; phase transition; SLAC; supercooling; water; X-rays
|Telephone Gambit -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Alexander Graham Bell is widely regarded as the inventor of the telephone. However, few may know the story of Elisha Gray, who may have been the first inventor of the telephone. On this program, Seth Shulman discussed the controversy and history of the telephone.
Keywords: science; telephone; elisha gray; alexander graham bell
|Starch Solution -- Groks Science Show 2013-01-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What is the cause of the current epidemic obesity and can a starch diet be of benefit? On this program, Dr. John McDougall discussed the starch solution.
Keywords: science; nutrition; diet; starch; groks
|Missing Microbes -- Groks Science Show 2014-04-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Innovations in modern society have created several benefits to human health, but they may have also created changes to human development. On this episode, Dr. Martin Blaser discussed changes to the human microbiome.
Keywords: science; antibiotics; microbiome; groks
|Colliding Worlds -- Groks Science Show 2014-06-25 - Charles C. Lee and Frank H. Ling|
Science and art may seem like widely divergent fields of human endeavor, but advances in science are now influencing contemporary art. On this program, Arthur I. Miller discussed the colliding worlds of science and art.
Keywords: art; science; technology; groks
|Bonobo Handshake -- Groks Science Show 2010-06-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Bonobos have been described as the peace-loving apes. But, how is this related to a bonobo handshake? On this program, Vanessa Woods discussed the Bonobo Handshake.
Keywords: science; biology; ethology; primatology; bonobo; groks
|Edge of Science -- Groks Science Show 2008-09-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
From killer viruses to the infinite digits of pi, science is continually confronting the unknown. But, what science uncovers may be unsettling at times. On this program, Richard Preston discussed journeys to the edge of science in Panic in Level 4.
Keywords: science; viruses; computers; genetics
|Quantum Story -- Groks Science Show 2010-12-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The amazing technological developments of the modern age have been enabled in part through the advances in quantum physics. On this program, Prof. James Kakalios discussed the amazing story of quantum mechanics.
Keywords: science; physics; quantum mechanics; groks
|Doing It -- Groks Science Show 2013-06-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although sex is an integral part of human existence, there is still much that most of us are in the dark about. On this program, Dr. Robert Martin discussed the evolution of sexual behaviors in humans.
Keywords: science; sex; sexuality; evolution; biology; groks
|The Dinosaurs They Are A-Changin’ -- Groks Science Show 2013-05-15 - Joanna Rowell, Forrest Gulden, Charles Lee, Frank Ling|
Dinosaurs! Who doesn't love them? But the dinosaurs of our childhood - the giant Brontosaurus, the spiky Stegosaurus, and the Godzilla-like Tyrannosaurus rex - have changed so much over the years. The Brontosaurus, for example, never actually existed, and T. Rex might have had feathers! On this episode, science writer Brian Switek discussed his new book, "My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs."
Keywords: Brian Switek; dinosaurs; paleontology; brontosaurus; science; groks
|Scientific Phenomenalist -- Groks Science Show 2010-07-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What is a scientific phenomenalist? And, how does it relate to rock music? On this program, David Lovering discussed his endeavors as a scientific phenomenalist and as the drummer for the Pixies. Guest host: Dr. Elise Covic.
Keywords: science; scientific phenomenalist; david lovering; pixies; groks
|Precision Medicine - Groks Science Show 2014-07-02 - Chenan Zhang|
How much can our own genetics determine the diagnosis of our illness or determine the course of treatment? The Chicago chapter of the Women In Bio organization recently hosted a panel discussion on the topic of precision medicine strategies—what it is, how it came about, the challenges we face, and what the future holds. We attended the event, and spoke with organizers, attendees, and panelists about precision medicine, and women’s role in this rapidly developing field.
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; precision medicine; Women in Bio
|Nature or Nurture -- Groks Science Show 2010-10-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What is in a name? How are our behaviors and outcomes determined? Does nature or nurture play the biggest role? On this program, Wes Moore discussed the Other Wes Moore with guest host Mario.
Keywords: science; sociology; society; nurture; nature; groks
|The Cosmic Cocktail -- Groks Science Show 2014-06-18 - Samantha Thomas|
Hundreds of years ago, Galileo told us that the earth is not the center of the universe. Now, physicists are telling us that the normal matter you and I are made of isn’t even the majority of the matter that exists. Today Dr. Katherine Freese, a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Michigan and author of the Cosmic Cocktail, joins us to talk about the composition of the cosmos and the mysterious nature of dark matter and dark energy
Keywords: Katherine Freese; dark matter; dark energy; astrophysics; dark matter; cosmology; astrophysics; universe; physics; dark energy
|One Percent Inspiration -- Groks Science Show 2014-04-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The barriers to inventing and tinkering keep falling as computers become more powerful and 3D printing becomes ubiquitous. But does America still have the spirit of innovation? On this episode, Tracy McSheery discusses the opportunities for entrepreneurship, the role of education, and his successful startup.
Keywords: innovation, garage, education, Android, motion capture, 3D printing, computing, gears
|The Extreme Life of the Sea -- Groks Science Show 2014-04-16 - Chenan Zhang|
Dr. Palumbi talks about his book, The Extreme Life of the Sea, on the fastest, oldest, and smallest creatures that live in the coldest, hottest, and deepest parts of the ocean.
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Stephen Palumbi; Marine Biology; Marine Adaptations
|Dark Matter and Energy -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Dark matter and dark energy comprise most of the known universe. But, what are the constituents of dark matter and energy? On this program, Dr. Dan Hooper from Fermilab discussed the dark cosmos.
Keywords: science; dark matter; physics
Downloads: 10,588 (1 review)
|The Life of Richard Feynman -- Groks Science Show 2003-06-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Richard Feynman, one of the best known physicists of our time, is known not only for his scientific work, but also for his unique personality. This show examined the very human side of this very extraordinary man
|String Field Theory -- Groks Science Show 2003-05-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
A major goal in physics is constructing a theory that unifies the four fundamental forces. The leading (and only) contender in this debate is String Field Theory, and was the focus of this episode.
|Don Norman: Emotional Design [ETCON2004] - Donald A. Norman|
[Full title: Emotional Design: The Principles] Don Norman used to be known as a critic of unusable things but now, he says, he has changed. He has transformed himself into an advocate for pleasurable, enjoyable products. Beauty is good, says Norman. Successful products should a pleasure to use, and convey a positive sense of self, of accomplishment, and pride of ownership. In this keynote address, Norman shares work from his latest book, Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things...
Keywords: ETCON 2004; Conference Proceedings